G3 iMac in a manual wheelchair over an old OS X default desktop image.

Weekend Roundup for 6 July 2014

Here are some of the best articles, links, and new products that I have spotted online in the past week or so which have some relevance to Apple products and disabled or chronically ill users …

Not too much commentary and no pictures today as I am dealing with the bone-deep fatigue of prednisolone reductions as well as all my usual crud so it was a marathon just to post the text!

OS X Links

Mac 101: Use built-in OS X tools to spell and grammar check your documents – these tools aren’t bad.

Infovox iVox 4 provides clear pleasant voices in 31 languages for Mac OS X.

iOS Links

In the “Things You Never Thought Your iPad Could Do” file: telepresence! Double Robotics Telepresence Robot.

2d meets 3d? New MakerBot app lets you design, modify, and print 3D objects from your iPad.

Pebble updates firmware, iOS app with better notification handling – did you know you can use a Pebble smart watch with iOS?

Alchemy Mobile Studio is now accessible for VoiceOver users.

The real – and sometimes hidden – costs of premium AAC apps. These apps can cost a lot for companies to make and high costs may be perfectly legitimate, but I do find it quite deceptive the way that some of these apps hide their costs so that an app can be advertised as low cost but only really be usable once you buy many expensive “extras”.

Home Automation

Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker: iPhone control of a kitchen classic.

Philips hue tap light switch is powered by your touch.

GE announces $15 connected LED light bulb controlled by iPhone via Wink app.

Crowdfunding Campaigns

Range Oven Intelligence: a $99 gadget that makes your oven or grill way smarter.

Total POM – Totally Peace of mind with Bluetooth/GPS tracking. Never Misplace Your Absconding Kids or Pets Again.

Here on ATMac

New articles for this week:

Large Print keyboards for iPhone, iPad, and Mac OS X users.

How to enlarge text in OS X.

Also widely read this week, has been Cleaning your Mac, iPad, or iPhone which – to my great surprise – briefly spiked readership to 30x the normal level!

Did you see anything else online that I missed? Leave a comment or drop me a line!

– Ricky

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